The Aquarium offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn badges or patches. Our programs and workshops emphasize hands-on, experiential learning for your troop, pack, or den.

Workshops

Please see the workshop description for workshop fees. Admission fees ($8 per scout; $10 per adult) are charged in addition to the workshop fee.

Don't see what you need? We may be able to customize a badge or patch workshop to meet your needs. Other experiences can also be scheduled for your group. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Girl Scouts

Learn about threats to sea turtles and what you can do to help. Hear the story of Kermit and build your very own Trash Talking Turtle. This workshop coincides with the Girl Scout Rosie Petal.
Explore ways you can save energy, water, and the planet. Make crafts, do activities, and learn about making your home "green." This workshop meets the requirements for the skill building Household Elf Badge.
Explore water at the Aquarium. Play games, do a craft, and learn about the Wonders of Water. This workshop is designed to help Brownies along their WOW journey.
Explore different homes of animals while doing crafts and activities. Learn how to protect the homes of animals. This workshop meets the requirements of the skill building Animal Habitats Badge.
Learn about your relationship with water through this exciting workshop that meets the requirements for the skill building Water Badge.
Learn all about sea turtles through this interactive workshop. This workshop meets the requirements for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Explore Sea Turtle Patch.
Complete the requirements while you and your troop explore the Aquarium. This patch is designed to be completed "on your own." Download the requirements here. There is no workshop fee associated with this patch. Aquarium admission fees apply.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.

Cub Scouts

Learn the importance of plants and trees and make a leaf rubbing to take home. This workshop fulfills requirement 5D of the Tiger Cub Program.
Explore the Aquarium's Owls Creek Path. Go on a hike with your den and an experienced guide. Find wild animals and play a nature game. This workshop fulfills requirement 5G of the Tiger Cub Program.
Learn how to be stewards of natural resources through interactive activities and games. This workshop includes a small service project and fulfills all requirements for Wolf Achievement # 7.
Meet a Virginia endangered species, participate in activities, games, and crafts that will complete the requirements for this achievement.
Predators, venomous snakes, and poison ivy, oh my! Learn about venomous snakes and plants in your area and how to avoid and identify them. Play activities to learn about food webs and how to be an observer of nature. This workshop meets the requirements of the Webelos Naturalist Badge.
Learn about the importance of wildlife conservation. This workshop fulfills the requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Academic Belt Loop.
Participate in hands-on experiments and learn about the scientific method. This workshop fulfills the requirements for the Science Academic Belt Loop.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.

Boy Scouts

Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Conduct experiments, play games, and do hands-on activities that fulfill requirements for this Merit Badge.
Learn how scientists explore the ocean using technology. Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and research buoy.

Overnights

Spend the night at the Aquarium! Meet our Animal Ambassadors, do scientific experiments, play nature-based games, and make crafts to take home. Reservations, deposit, and pre-payment are required. Visit the overnights page​ for more information.


Special Projects and Outreach

Special Projects

Is your troop or pack looking for a service project? Do you know a scout looking for a Bronze, Silver, Gold Project or Eagle Scout Project? Your scouts can help Aquarium educators with special events, path clean ups, craft stations, overnight programs, or take the lead in building displays for programs. Contact the Program Coordinator for more details and availability.

Outreach to Scout Meetings

The Aquarium can come to you for a program at your troop, pack, or den meeting. For more information, programs and prices, or to make a reservation, contact the Program Coordinator.


Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Please contact the Program Coordinator at  (757) 385-0278 to place a reservation. You will need the following:

  • Date you would like to reserve.
  • Workshop title.
  • Payment method.

Note: Workshops are scheduled based on availability. Dates cannot be held without payment.

Workshop fees are listed with workshop descriptions. The fee includes one workshop for up to 20 scouts. The workshop fee is collected at the time a reservation is made. Until payment is received, you date is not confirmed.

There is a separate fee for Aquarium admission. The Aquarium Scout group admission cost is $8.00 per scout and $10.00 per adult, with 1 adult chaperone free for every group of 10 scouts. Aquarium admission must be paid in one lump sum to Guest Services, and is due at check in.

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Personal Check *, **
  • Money Order *
  • Cashier's Check *
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

*   Payable to Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
** Returned checks will be charged an additional fee.

Programs and Workshops

Scout programs and workshops can be scheduled daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (based on availability). Please contact the program coordinator at  (757) 385-0278 for current availability.

Scouts are encouraged to bring:

  • Writing utensil
  • Small notebook
  • Merit badge pamphlet and signed blue card (if applicable)
All scout badge/patch workshops offered at the Aquarium fulfill the requirements for the badge/patch. There are no prerequisites required.
All badges/patches offered at the Aquarium can be completed on the same day. Some workshops (Environmental Science Merit Badge, Oceanography Merit Badge) require two three-hour programs to complete all requirements. These can be scheduled on the same day. (Note: two three-hour programs in one day can be challenging for some scouts. Please keep this in mind when making reservations for your scout workshop.)
To ensure all scouts meet the requirements for badges/patches, we limit programs and workshops to 25 participants. With more than 25 participants, we are unable to provide hands on activities and live animal programs.
A minimum of two participants is required for any scout badge/patch workshop.
Aquarium admission is included in the admission fee ($8.00/scout, $10.00/adult). Scouts and leaders may tour the Aquarium before and after their scheduled program.
Badges/Patches are not included with workshop, as some organizations require documentation and signed paperwork to purchase awards. Please contact your organization to obtain awards.
There are educators on staff registered to sign Blue Cards. In some cases Blue Cards will be collected from scouts, signed, and returned to a leader via the United States Postal Service.